Sharp IS03 to offer 960×640 “Retina Display”, slated for Japan-only launch

Tue, Oct 5, 2010


One of the key selling points of the iPhone 4 is its 960×640 Retina Display, which Apple touts as “the highest resolution ever in a phone.” Now, according to Engadget, the iPhone is about to get some company in that department with the introduction of the Sharp ISO3 which will run on Japan’s KDDI au network. In addition to an iPhone-like high resolution display, the device will also come with Advanced Super View (ASV) technology which aims to deliver the same generous viewing angle Apple achieves on its displays with IPS technology.

If that alone doesn’t make for enough of a monster spec sheet for you, consider that the IS03 also features a 9.6 megapixel autofocus camera with image stabilization, one-seg TV tuner, and¬†Osaifu-Keitai, which allows the phone to be used for contactless payments in subways and the like. Though you won’t find it sold outside Japan, you might eventually¬†see one outside Japan thanks to support for Global Passport CDMA, meaning the IS03 can be used in countries that have operating CDMA networks — the US, for example.

The device, however, will ship running Android 2.1.


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